Police find burning body on Warehouse Way in south Sacramento, Sept. 23, 2013.
SACRAMENTO, CA - A burning body found by an officer in south Sacramento Monday night was identified as 51-year-old Sandi Patterson of Sacramento.
A Sacramento police officer was patrolling Warehouse Way when he discovered Patterson's body still on fire.
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Patterson's sister Jan Roberts said her sister was a disabled woman who'd fallen on hard times recently. Patterson was a vet tech who's been unemployed for a while.
Why someone would have done this to Patterson, no one knows.
"Just a sick mind. A very sick mind," Roberts said. "I have no idea. I suppose if I were to destroy evidence. There's no reason to do that, other than to destroy evidence."
There are questions about Patterson's recent housemates.
"They were stealing from her all the time. And that's when she decided she didn't want to be in that anymore," Roberts explained. "There were a lot of people that were a problem there."
Loved ones have their suspicions about who may have murdered Patterson. They said she didn't even really know him.
"She had met him earlier. The thing is, Sandi was finding herself getting involved with the wrong people," Roberts said. "And she, just about three or four months ago, made the decision she was walking away from all of that."
Police were not saying anything yet about the investigation into Patterson's death.
According to the victim's family, Patterson's car was stolen a few days before she died. It is a 2007 four-door white Hyundai GLS Elantra with handicapped plates and two distinct bumper stickers: "Not a Republican" and "I love Obamacare."
Anyone with information should call police.
By Suzanne Phan, firstname.lastname@example.org